Right handed pitcher Gavin Floyd has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, the team announced. Floyd will get $4 million guaranteed with $6 million in bonuses based on his the starts he makes and the innings he pitches.
Source: Floyd gets $4M guaranteed from #Indians. $6M available in bonuses depending on innings pitched.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 16, 2014
Gavin Floyd pitched for a short time with the Atlanta Braves last season, before suffering an elbow injury that ended his season. Floyd finished his one season with the Braves with a record of 2-2 and posting a 2.65 ERA in nine starts. Floyd hasn’t pitched a full season since 2012. He started only five games for the White Sox in 2013, before going down with Tommy John Surgery.
Floyd started throwing last month and is expected to be fully healthy in time for spring training.
He was a consistent pitcher with the White Sox, and is at best a number three in any rotation. Floyd will be the veteran in the Indians starting rotation with AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber being the ace. Cleveland has a bunch of other young pitchers that includes Danny Salzar, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin, T.J. House, Zach McAllister, and Trevor Bauer.
I think this is a good move for the Indians. They might get the Gavin Floyd we saw for a short time last season, and if they don’t they only have him for one season. I also like the Indians doing an incentive deal.